Florence Kiehn died peacefully the morning of January 1, 2013. A native of New York City, she was born May 11, 1922 to Louis and May Greenstein. Florence moved to southern California in the early 1940s and to Sacramento in 1952, where she resided until her passing. Despite the distance between coasts, Florence kept in close touch with her beloved family, speaking of them often and honoring them through photos, stories and visits throughout her life. In 1972, Florence married Gerd Kiehn, spending many happy years of retirement with him. Together they golfed, traveled and played bridge. Mrs. Kiehn also enjoyed theater, oil painting and listening to Frank Sinatra, whose lyrics she remembered and sang even in her last days. A woman of strength, Florence outlived her son Stephen Michael, her grandson Justin Michael, her husband Gerd Kiehn, and her brother Jerome Greenstein. She is survived by her daughter, Karen Michael; her brother, Stanley Greenstein; her granddaughters Moriah VanVleet, Johanna L. Yegge and Alyssa Pickett; three great-grandsons and many cherished nephews, nieces and cousins. In memory of Florence, the family invites you to honor her by listening to a Sinatra tune, eating a bagel with lox, or enjoying a slice of lemon meringue pie, New York cheesecake, or German chocolate cake.
Published in Sacramento Bee on Jan. 13, 2013